Suspect in parking lot homicide turns himself in

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man sought in a fatal shooting has surrendered to Alaska State Troopers and been charged with first-degree murder.

For three days, troopers looked for 24-year-old Sean M. Jeffers in connection with the shooting of 20-year-old Bryan Richardson. The North Pole man was killed in the parking lot of Ivory Jack's, a bar and restaurant in the Goldstream Valley west of Fairbanks.

Jeffers turned himself in at about 9:30 p.m. Friday night. At arraignment Saturday, Magistrate Patrick Hammers set Jeffers' bail at $300,000.

According to troopers, Richardson, his girlfriend Brittany Paulson, and a friend pulled into the parking lot of Ivory Jack's at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to meet another man.

Richardson let his friend out of the car, and a few minutes later a van pulled up.

Jeffers was not the man Richardson expected to meet, troopers said.

Jeffers got out of the van, walked up to the car, opened Richardson's door and shot him once in the chest, according to troopers.

Jeffers then jumped back in the van and shouted for the driver to leave. He was driven a short distance on Jones Road, a gravel road that begins roughly across the street from the restaurant, and the driver told him to leave.

The driver and two passengers were contacted about a half hour later.

Troopers have given no motive for the shooting.

Jeffers has previous felony convictions for assault and vehicle theft.

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